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Meet The Team

We are a dedicated team which strives to provide success to our clients in regards to all their accountancy needs. Our team is very close-knit and ensures that a unified support is provided to you whenever you need it. With expertise covering all aspects of accountancy, taxation and business advisory services, we are well placed to take a holistic view to planning for the future as well dealing with specific matters.

Ian Mackie – Director

Experience/specialisms: Ian founded the firm in 1982 after working for 15 years in industry. He specialises in management accounting, business plans & sparring with the HM Revenue & Customs!

Qualifications: CIMA

Hobbies: Golf. Also enjoys spoiling his two grandsons!!

Lynne Crawford – Director

Experience/specialisms: Lynne joined her Father (Ian Mackie) in 1995 after 10 years in banking. She now deals with the day to day running and growing of the business, along with preparing accounts, taxation, and everything relating to Limited Company set-up’s. Lynne also looks after our growing number of Limited Companies and takes on a Company Secretarial role for all of them. She too enjoys sparring with H M Revenue!

Qualifications: MCIBS, ACPA

Hobbies: Military fitness, callanetics, walking, shopping, Yoga and spending time with her son & friends.

Allison Murray – Accountant

Experience/specialisms: Allison joined the firm in 1996, after a gap in her career to have a family, having previously worked in local government audit and the whisky industry. She specialises in incomplete records, and small to medium sized clients.

Qualifications: MA, Dip.Acc

Hobbies: Singing in a choir, fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, family tree research and enjoys spending time with family.

Gary Dunn – Accountant

Experience/specialisms: Gary has been working in the accountancy profession for 17 years and has extensive experience of a wide variety of accountancy and reporting work. He has a broad portfolio of clients, many of which are owner-managed businesses. His experience means that Gary can help with just about any issue concerning HMRC.

Hobbies: Five a side football (only in dry weather!), pool, snooker & socialising.

Amanda Aitken – Accountant

Experience/specialisms: Amanda has been working in accountancy profession for 24+ years between practice, industry and a brief stint with HMRC! She joined JS Mackie in 2008 and her extensive knowledge of accounts and various taxes allow her to deal with a vast range of our clients across the business sectors.

Hobbies: Socialising and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons & family.

Mark Cooper – Accountant

Experience/specialisms: Mark joined JS Mackie in 2008 and in the last 10 years, as well as becoming ACCA qualified, has gained a wealth of experience across all sectors of our business, including overseas aspects of self-assessment (much to his delight!). He has a wide portfolio of clients, ranging from sole traders to larger Limited Companies which also means’ the odd battle with HMRC.

Qualifications: BA Accounting, ACCA.

Hobbies: Socialising, playing poker, golf, enjoys spending time with his wife & son.

Ailsa Cowan – Office manager/Payroll manager

Experience/specialisms: Ailsa joined the firm in 1996, having previously worked for a large Company doing accountancy, finance & payroll. She now deals with the running of the Coatbridge Office and looking after the staff there, along with preparing accounts, completing Self Assessment Tax Returns for most of the Coatbridge clients, overseeing & covering payroll duties and completing P11d’s.

Qualifications: Qualified by experience

Hobbies: Rainbow Leader with Girl Guides, walking & talking ( at the same time!), shopping & holidays.

Allison Lawrie – Administrator

Experience/specialisms: Allison joined the firm in 1997 from a banking background and is in charge of collating all the information required for Self Assessment on an annual basis. It is a monumental task with some 1000 clients and she is affectionately known as the ‘bulldog’ as clients are aware she will not stop harassing them till the information is in!!

Qualifications: Qualified by experience

Hobbies: Yoga and enjoys time with her husband & children.

Jean Laing – Consultant

Experience/specialisms: Joined JS Mackie in November 2007, with over 15 years bookkeeping experience in industry. Specialise in vat preparation and keeping vat client’s bookkeeping records up-to-date. Enjoying the challenge that brings.

Qualifications: Member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Studying for a BA Business Studies.

Hobbies: Try to go to the gym two or three times a week (not always possible). Help at local Church Youth Club and love to spend time with friends.

Thelma Lowe – Payroll Clerkess

Experience/specialisms: Thelma joined the firm in 2002 from a large transport company running a large payroll and cashier duties. She now deals with processing over 170 payrolls, this includes monthly PAYE and the arduous task of Year End returns including online submissions. (Also keeps Ailsa in check over her lipsticks purchasing!!)

Qualifications: Qualified by experience

Hobbies: Swimming & walking her dog.

Sharon Mitchell – VAT Clerkess/Accounts Assistant

Experience/specialisms: Sharon joined the Company in April 2010 originally to cover maternity leave however was taken on as a permanent staff member in April 2011.  She looks after our vat clients and takes care of our Rental Accounts as well as being Lynne’s oldest friend!!!

Qualifications: By experience of a myriad of unusual jobs and just plain organization skills!

Hobbies: Spending time with her daughter and practicing yoga!

Claire Curran

Experience/specialisms: Claire joined us in 2016 as an apprentice & has come on hugely in the time she has been here.  Learning all areas of the business and proving to be an excellent addition to the team.

Qualifications: Working towards her AAT.

Hobbies: Gym, travelling and spending time with her boyfriend and family.

Scott Stevenson

Experience/Specialisms: Joined us at the start of 2017, he is very experienced in accounts production and general taxation.  He has a keen eye for detail and enjoys the challenge of some of our more incomplete record jobs.

Qualification: By experience.

Hobbies: Theatre, concerts and spending time with his wife and extended family

Louise Hamilton – Receptionist

Louise joined the firm in 2017 after running her own post office for the last 14 years. She has been well received by clients since she started and always has a welcome smile when people pop in! Favourite things to do on days off involve shopping, holidays and spending time with her daughters & friends.

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